Michael Hefele has departed one of Germany’s most historic clubs to join Huddersfield Town.

The 25-year-old has just skippered Dynamo Dresden to the third-tier title.

But before his country’s reunification in 1990, the club were among the most powerful in the East.

Formed in 1953 and affiliated with the East German police, they and Magdeburg were the stellar sides of the seventies.

Managed by Walter Fritzsch, Dresden won the title five times and the cup twice.

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They regularly drew crowds of 25,000 - three times that of most of their rivals.

Dresden also began to establish themselves as a presence in European football.

Prized scalps included Porto, Juventus and Benfica.

And they came up against West German opposition for the first time, losing 7-6 on aggregate to Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the 1973–74 European Cup.

On three occasions they were eliminated by Liverpool, twice in the UEFA Cup and once in the European Cup.

Each time the Anfield side went on to win the competition.

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Dresden made the UEFA Cup semi-finals in 1989 and won the title both that and the following year.

After the reunification of Germany, Dynamo played four seasons in the Bundesliga.

But since then they have drifted between the second and fourth tiers.

Hefele was an ever-present as they won the 3 Bundesliga crown.